TALES OF OLD TIMES
IN RHODE ISLAND
AN ANCIENT BOOK NOW REPUBLISHED
WITH SOME NEW ILLUSTRATIONS
AND ADDITIONAL NOTES
NOTE BY THE PRESENT PUBLISHER
To preserve antiquity, and for the benefit of
children of this generation, this little book of rhymes which has been long in
obscurity, is now republished. The most of it was written, probably about
seventy-five years ago, by Avis C. Howland of Newport, Rhode Island.
Though it may be one hundred years since some of the
incidents occurred, yet they are known to be truthful and may be made more
interesting to children by explaining to them how very different many things
were in that long ago time, when the fastest travelling was by the stage coach;
houses were lighted by tallow candles and many of the blessings that we enjoy
had not been discovered or invented.
Some modern illustrations have been introduced to
contrast with the ancient cuts of the old edition. M. C. W.